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Killbillies get three wins at Prince George tournament

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — The Fort St. John Killbillies went 3-0 at the Northern Exposure roller derby tournament in Prince George this past weekend.The Killbillies played three bouts over the two days of the tournament. On Saturday morning, the Killbillies faced off in their first bout against the Jane Deeres from Calgary. The Killbillies showed that they were bright-eyed and busy-tailed for the morning match, finishing with a 153-117 win over the Deeres. Wearing #5 for the Killbillies, Becca Gunna Wreck Ya was named the team’s MVP.Saturday afternoon resulted in an even more lopsided victory for the Killbillies, who vanquished Quesnel’s Gold Pain City 214-41. #99 Mini Reaper and #00 Nutshel split the honours as co-MVPs for the team on Saturday afternoon.- Advertisement -In a preview of the Killbillies’ first home roller derby match, Fort St. John battled the North Coast Nightmares from Terrace on Sunday. Killbillies team president Jennacide was named the team’s most valuable player in the Killbillies’ 222-83 win over North Coast.The Killbillies are back in action for their first home matchups in just under two weeks’ time, hosting the Nightmares and the Rated PG Rollergirls for a triple-header on Saturday May 6th at the North Peace Arena. The action starts at 3:00 p.m., with the second and third games at 5:00 and 7:00.last_img read more

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France goalkeeper linked with Tottenham amid rumours of Man United move for Lloris

first_img Steve Mandana in action for Marseille 1 Steve Mandanda says he is open to a move to the Premier League as speculation builds he could replace fellow Frenchman Hugo Lloris if the Tottenham goalkeeper moves to Manchester United.Lloris is reportedly the man United want if David de Gea joins Real Madrid this summer, and one of the names linked with a move to White Hart Lane as a potential replacement is France No.2 Mandanda.And the Marseille skipper says he would definitely be interested in a move to England.“Yes, it’s a league that I like a lot, there are the best teams there,” Mandanda told Canal Plus.“It’s been a while I’ve been at Marseille. We’ll have to see how the season finishes, where the club will be at the end of the season, whether or not there will be European football, if I have good offers.“It’s difficult to know whether I will stay or not. I’ll see. I’ll have to talk to the board and we’ll find a solution.“I feel good at the club, I’m not out on the street. I’m at a big French club, so there’s no problem. But they are discussions to be had.”last_img read more

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MAJOR TOURISM CONFERENCE IN DONEGAL TODAY

first_imgThe second annual ‘Connecting the Wild Atlantic Way’ marketing conference hosted by Donegal County Council in association with Donegal Tourism Ltd takes place today.The event, which will be held in Letterkenny, the National Tidy Towns Winner for 2015, is almost booked out.This year’s Conference, at the Clanree Hotel, is themed around ‘Your Business, Developing Networks and Reaching Customers’.During the conference businesses will learn how to use simple and cost effective marketing techniques and tips on topics such as bundling and internationalisation from a panel of guest speakers ranging from tour operators to travel bloggers to leading travel experts. SpeakersSpeakers lined up for the event include Brian Harte of Tourism Ireland, Deirdre McGlone of Harvey’s Point, Online Strategist Darragh Doyle, Kathrin Chambers, Digital Manager at Fáilte Ireland and Stephen Cotter, General Manager at CIE Tours International.The final speaker for the day will be acclaimed travel writer Fionn Davenport of the Irish Times.County Manager Seamus NeelyCEO of Donegal County Council and Chairman of Donegal Tourism Seamus Neely said ‘This conference will provide a valuable resource to all members of the tourism trade in Donegal. “As the Wild Atlantic Way and social media are ever evolving it’s important for tourism businesses to keep on top of these trends and maximise opportunities for attracting new visitors to the county”.MAJOR TOURISM CONFERENCE IN DONEGAL TODAY was last modified: October 8th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:conferenceletterkennyWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

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QPR fans on Twitter praise midfield duo

first_imgQPR fans on Twitter were full of praise for midfielders Ariel Borysiuk and Massimo Luongo following Tuesday’s 1-0 win against Bristol City.Luongo’s excellent form continued, while Borysiuk has impressed in his recent outings for the R’s.Borysiuk is quality!!! #QPR— Matt (@Matty_Tino) October 18, 2016Borysiuk and luongo make a huuuuge difference to how we play. Looking like a decent partnership— Luke Sear (@LukeSear26) October 18, 2016Impressed with Luongo and Borysiuk in the middle tonight. Luongo has the legs and Borysiuk the passing ability #QPRBRI— Josh Barton (@bartonj2410) October 18, 2016Thought second half was good. Luongo motm but Borysiuk excellent as were the two CB’s. Washington set pace for whole side, must start— Robert Gilbert (@RobGilbz) October 18, 2016Borysiuk and Luongo. Proper midfield pairing. None of this Karl Henry sideways passing nonsense. #QPR— Jake (@JakeSpritzer) October 18, 2016So then – MotM last night? Between Luongo, Borysiuk and Sylla for me. For me he HAS to start all three against Wednesday.— Vital QPR (@VitalQPR) October 19, 2016I think going forward our CM needs to be Borysiuk and Mass. Will win a lot of CM battles and have tremendous workrate . Chery infront #qpr— Ben Platt_qpr (@bplatt23) October 19, 2016Click here for the latest QPR transfer gossipClick here for today’s QPR quiz See also:Hasselbaink plays down play-off prospects  Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Using benchmarking concepts on the farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Brian E. Ravencraft“Benchmarking” is a concept that is used to analyze and better understand the farm as a business. Diagnosing performance means understanding business concepts such as profitability and efficiency, identifying the problems that prevent the farm from achieving its potential and formulating strategies and actions to improve its business performance.Many organizations talk about benchmarking but few actually do it. It is important for you to understand the basics of benchmarking and how you can take advantage of the process.What is benchmarking? Robert Camp defines benchmarking as the “search for industry best practices that lead to superior performance.” Put simply it is the process of identifying, understanding and adapting outstanding best practices and high performance from organizations anywhere in the world and then measuring actual business processes against your organization to help it improve it’s performance.When using benchmarking in farming, it involves gathering data about the best performing farms and comparing them with other farms. Benchmarking can show how higher levels of performance can be achieved. Many insights can be gained through a benchmarking exercise. It can uncover problems of production, management practices and other factors that affect productivity, cost of production and profitability. These insights and discoveries can be used to improve farm performance.Farmers often do benchmarking informally. A farmer sees another farmer with a larger harvest or one who gets a better price for the same product at the same market. Why is this so? A farmer hears of another farmer who reduces costs by introducing a new technology. Should she or he do the same? By observing and talking to successful farmers, others can learn how to improve the performance of their farms. Informal benchmarking can result from something as straightforward as a walk around someone else’s farm.However, for best results farmers will need to learn how to benchmark through a more systematic approach. Formal benchmarking takes farmers through the following steps:Examine their own farms and look for areas for improvement (identify what is to be benchmarked)Identify a similar farm that is performing better (a comparative farm)Study that farm in detail and try to find out what it is that the farmer does better (determine data collection method and collect data)Compare the performance of the two farms and understand the reasons for differences (determine current performance gap)Plan and introduce changes to their farms based on what they have learned (project future goals and cation plan).Formal benchmarking provides a standard for comparison.It can be applied to:Compare the performance of any farm with a more successful farmCompare the past performance of a farmCompare a farm plan with the actual outcomeCompare production levels to check if the farm is technically efficientCompare production costs to check if the farm is economically efficientAnd examine the production and marketing processes to determine if they are sound.Benchmarking can be either indirect — where farmers calculate their own performance indicators and compare them against published industry benchmarks; or direct — where farmers contribute their farm information into a service which generates the benchmarks or comparison with other farm entities.Along with benchmarking, also remember the importance of having the most accurate and current financial data. This will allow you to monitor your farm’s revenue and potentially reduce costs. Also, invest in accounting software that will easily allow you to report on your farm’s financial health and make the right management choices so you can expand and grow your farm business.Through formal benchmarking processes, farmers can improve overall farm performance, which can lead to increased profits and improved efficiencies. Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through www.HolbrookManter.com or at BRavencraft@HolbrookManter.com.last_img read more

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And the GIFF 2018 Award winners are…

first_img SharePrint RelatedAnd the GIFF 2017 Signal Award winner is…November 7, 2017In “Community”And the GIFF 2019 Award winners are…November 25, 2019In “News”GIFF films due next week!July 24, 2018In “News” Blog post written by Geocaching HQ’s GIFF guru, Erin16 films became finalists in the 2018 Geocaching International Film Festival. The votes have been counted and we are excited to present this year’s film festival awards, The Signal Award and the People’s Choice Award. First, The Signal Award, selected by a panel of Community Volunteer Reviewers from around the world. The Signal Award winner was chosen for its overall excellence as a geocaching short film. The judges considered production quality, content, creativity, and contribution to the global geocaching community. This year’s Signal Award winner is…Congratulations to the filmmaker, treasurehuntergd! “TFTC” follows a geocacher on a full day of geocaching. We all like to go geocaching. But sometimes it’s just one of those days when nothing really works, all you do is make a blunder. This movie is about a day like this. Here’s what some Community Volunteer Reviewers had to say about this film: “Dramatic, creative, very informative, very funny! Master of satire! Very nice storytelling.”“This film checked off all the criteria: Production Quality – Outstanding, inventive with both visually and audibly. Content – Funny, presented quality hides, community interaction. Creativity – Caching gone wrong, quality hides, thrills and excitement. Contribution to the global community – Every cacher could relate or base feelings from their experiences, While it showed some of the dangers of Geocaching, it showed obvious clues for how these could have been avoided so I felt that it educated and showed Geocaching in a positive light, with some fun. I also think that involving an event really sold me on this. ”For the first time ever, GIFF Event attendees were invited to vote for their favorite film in a global vote for the 2018 People’s Choice Award. We received an incredible response with over 8,000 geocachers voting for their favorite film. Thank you for participating! This year’s People’s Choice winner is…Congratulations to the filmmakers, weellu & Harjus!“Geocaching documentary: Winter caching in Finland” shows you what it is like to geocache in winter time when there is a lot of snow and ice. The film is almost a mockumentary and the hero of the story tries to show winter caching from a funny and unique perspective.Here’s what some GIFF Event attendees had to say about this film: “We had a foot of snow in Colorado the day of the viewing party. The next day I went out to find a cache and was laughing so hard as I DNF’d multiple times, while suffering with cold hands and feet, all the time thinking you had made snow caching seem like so much fun.”“The cacher from Finland was adorable. I would like to see more short movies from him explaining the Geocaching world.”“Great geocaching in a beautiful Finnish scenery spiced with some humor in the end of the film.”“It was really funny. Especially the ice fishing was great. This film made me laugh out loud.”See for yourself and watch the GIFF 2018 finalist films here. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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ReadWriteWeb DeathWatch: Point-and-Shoot Cameras

first_imgRelated Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology To some, the answer is “optical zoom,” the dedicated camera’s biggest advantage. Smartphone cameras, by contrast, have to get by with so-called “digital zoom,” which basically means “cropping.” Others require better performance in low light, or other special features.But their numbers are limited, and high-end smartphones keep closing the gap.The the Nokia 808 can now produce 41 megapixels, far more than most consumers need, giving a lot of room for digital zoom while maintaining acceptable quality.And smartphone makers are all working to improve camera performance – especially in low-light conditions where their tiny lenses suffer the most. Electronic trickery like Nokia’s PureView oversampling, for example, helps compensate for poor image quality. Take a look at the commercial above, shot on the Nokia 808 it’s advertising. That’s definitely “good enough” for the vast majority of users.The PrognosisSmartphone camera sensors and software that have already reached an acceptable quality threshold will continue to get better. And low-profile, lower-power smartphone optical zooms are in the works. So for the mainstream audience, dedicated point-and-shoot cameras will go the way of PDAs.Some households will still want a better camera for portraits, vacations and other must-capture events, but with prices for prosumer-level DSLRs dropping, there’s won’t be much reason to settle for a point-and-shoot when quality is at stake.Can This Technology Be Saved?Sure, there will always be some people who want a pocket-sized camera with a fixed optical lens and a big battery. And camera companies will continue to pump out new and better examples. Some will even run Android, like the Coolpix S800c, or even have built-in phone functionality, like the Polaroid SC1630. But point-and-shoot is already becoming a niche, not the mass market, and it will take an unforeseen, revolutionary breakthrough to change that. Tags:#Deathwatch#mobile Previous Technology DeathWatchesVideo Game Consoles: The utility of bundles apps like Netflix and Vudu seems to be slipping. NPD Study showed that one in five consumers who view streaming video on their TVs do so without a peripheral device.QR Codes: It’s been a mixed bag. While B of A is testing QR codes for mobile payments (good news for the technology), a security researcher demonstrated how a malicious QR code could be used to wipe a Samsung smartphone.Blu-Ray: The same NPD study reveals that “online video is maturing” as users migrate to watching streaming media on their TVs.Company DeathwatchesFor an update on our baker’s dozen of company Deathwatches, check out ReadWriteWeb DeathWath Update: The Unlucky 13.Generic camera image courtesy of Shutterstock. The real issue, though, is that smartphone cameras are also increasingly “good enough.” In fact, the iPhone 4 is apparently good enough to be more popular than any point-and-shoot camera on Flickr, and the iPhone 4s is more popular than any other camera, including DSLRs. Sure, this is because of a massive distribution advantage over dedicated point-and-shoots, but that’s the point. They’re good enough, and everyone already has one, so why buy (and carry) a second device that’s only marginally better, and far short of a pro-style DSLR model? Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Point-and-shoot cameras have been a hit with consumers for more than a century, and they keep getting better. But it doesn’t matter, they’re doomed anyway. Even awesome image quality and all the features in the world can’t save them from the mighty smartphone.The Basics“You press the button, we do the rest.” In 1888, with that tagline, George Eastman released the portable Kodak camera, and consumers have been snapping pictures with point-and-shoot devices ever since. In 1900, he released the Brownie, a cheaper, even simpler camera that would define point-and-shoot photography for almost 60 years. Over time, consumer cameras evolved, moving to cartridge-based film, then to digital. They added zoom lenses, digital viewfinders, video recording and Wi-Fi. Still, they never lost their focus on simplicity and functionally. When you down to it, a Canon PowerShot isn’t all that different from a turn-of-the-century cardboard Brownie. Simple plus portable equals mass adoption, and that equation worked for more than 100 years.The Problem First, let’s be clear about definitions. When we say “point-and-shoot” cameras, we’re not talking about digital single lens reflex devices (DSLRs), mirrorless cameras, or any other device with interchangeable lenses. We’re talking about dedicated, autofocus, fixed-lens cameras that generally fit in your pocket, like the Canon PowerShot, Sony CyberShot, or Nikon Coolpix – also called “Compact Digital” cameras.The issue is that point-and-shoots are caught between a rock and a hard place. They can’t match the quality and flexibility of DSLRs, and they can’t match the cost and convenience of the cameras included in every smartphone.Point-and-shoot quality keeps getting better, but it will never match the quality of an equally modern DSLR or mirrorless camera. There are several reasons, but the most obvious is the lens. A large, fast and appropriate lens gives a sensor more to work with, and that will never change.But with point-and-shoots, beyond a certain threshold, quality was never the point. These days, few photos actually make it to print. Most pictures wind up on Facebook or a desktop background, and your average point-and-shoot camera packs enough pixels to print 5x7s or 8x10s of your best shots. And for most people, “good enough” is all that matters. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … cormac foster Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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Three AIIMS doctors killed in accident in U.P.

first_imgThree doctors of the Emergency Medicine department of AIIMS, Delhi, were killed in an accident on the Yamuna Expressway, early on Sunday, near milestone 88 in the Surir police station area of Mathura district. Four others were critically injured, said the Uttar Pradesh police.The victims are Dr. Harshad Wankhade (34), Dr. Yashpreet Singh (25) and Dr. Hembala (24). The bodies were taken to a government hospital for post-mortem. The injured — Dr. Catherin Halam, Dr. Mahesh Kumar, Dr. Jitender Mourya and Dr. Abhinava Singh — are under treatment.Deputy Superintendent of Police Vijay Shankar Mishra told The Hindu that the accident occurred around 2.30 a.m. when the group of doctors of AIIMS were headed to Agra to celebrate their senior colleague Dr. Harshad Wankhade’s birthday. “Dr. Harshad was driving the vehicle at the time of incident. The speeding car rammed into the rear of a truck,” the DSP said.Police sources said the incident occurred when the SUV was trying to overtake the truck. It took almost an hour to take the victims out of the vehicle.According to the police, Dr. Catherin suffered a head injury, while the rest have fractured limbs.The victims were later shifted to Delhi AIIMS.last_img read more

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3 Cong. men held for blackening PM’s image

first_imgThree Congress workers were on Tuesday arrested for allegedly blackening the picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Mhow town in the district during the ‘Bharat bandh’ called by the party on Monday, the police said.The Congress workers had allegedly blackened Mr. Modi’s image on a hoarding put up at a petrol pump in Mhow, the police said.The Congress had called a nationwide ‘bandh’ against the rising fuel prices. Those arrested have been identified as Pappu Khan, Ankit Dholi and Saurabh Borasi, Additional Superintendent of Police Nagendra Singh said.“These Congress workers were part of the protesters, who created a ruckus at a petrol pump in RCM area of Mhow town, 25 km from the district headquarters, during the bandh,” he said.The protesters climbed a ladder and blackened the picture of the Prime Minister on a hoarding at the petrol pump, Mr. Singh added.“The protesters are accused of trying to damage the property of the petrol pump owner during their attempts to forcibly shut the establishment. They also tried to hurt the dignity of the constitutional post of the PM,” he said.last_img read more

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Goa Children’s Act set for overhaul

first_imgOver a decade since The Goa Children’s Act, 2003 came into force, the legislation may be in for amendments to make it more effective and curb its misuse.Chairperson of the Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Advocate Sushma Mandrekar, will bring together various stakeholders on February 9, including representatives of government agencies, children’s court judges, lawyers and children’s rights groups, to debate their proposals for amendments that would maintain uniformity with other contemporary child rights legislations, and to tackle the concerns of children’s homes and child care institutions.“We have done a comprehensive exercise, digging out all past suggestions and recommendations, and have received fresh inputs from non governmental organisations and others. The idea is to update the Act to tackle diverse issues related to the rights and concerns of all children and adolescents,” Ms. Mandrekar said.A few judges with experience in dealing with cases in the Goa Children’s Court and police officials have indicated that some of the provisions of the Act pertaining to rape, which are prone to misuse, need a re-look.While the definition of ‘child’ under the Act is universal (below the age of 18), some stakeholders have suggested deleting a proviso to the Section 2(d), which says, “In so far as a victim in the offence of rape in concerned, ‘child’ shall mean any person who has not completed 16 years of age.”“From the definition of ‘child’ in the section, the age of consent is deduced to be 18, whereas the police and courts have brought to the notice of the Commission that this provision becomes a problem when dealing with statutory rape cases, which are often clear cases of elopement,” said Ms. Mandrekar. “Judges often grapple with cases of love affairs and elopements, which often do not stand court scrutiny,” she said. This either amounts to fictitious cases, or nobody is interested in pursuing them as they are registered in a fit of anger.Judges and police have also complained of parents misusing the Act to file cases of sexual abuse of minors against neighbours or rivals as a way to get them arrested.In the context of the recent controversy over child care institutions across the country, the amendments are poised to bring all institutions like children’s homes, childcare institutions, and day care centres under the Act’s purview. Their registration and monitoring will be mandatory so that children in need of care and protection, juveniles in conflict with law, vulnerable children, and children from the marginalised sections get full protection.Child rights groups want the children’s court provision to be amended from a State-level court as of now to have district children’s courts functioning in a child-friendly manner, which will be designated as special courts under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.There is also a proposal for broadening of the definition of “incest” and increase the penal provisions to bring them on par with other Acts. Incest will include commission of a sex offence by an adult on a child who is a relative “or is related by ties of adoption through blood or on adoption or marriage or guardianship or in foster care or having a domestic relationship with a parent of the child, or living in the same or shared household with the child.”As for children with disabilities, the amendments cover learning difficulties, intellectual disability and autism, with terminology amended to comply with the Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016.The proposed amendments also include provisions to deal with child sexual abuse through digital, internet and social media platforms by making the State Directorate of Education responsible for sensitising teachers about the Goa Child Rights Act, particularly Section 4, which deals with education. The amendments propose to ensure that the department adopts zero rejection of children during admissions and inclusive education. The department will be accountable to ensure admission of children without documents, no refusal of admission for children who do not have their fathers’ names, or those suffering from HIV and AIDS, besides those belonging to marginalised communities.It proposes to include gender justice and online safety issues into school curriculums.The Act will also fix responsibility on the State tourism authority to frame a child-friendly tourism code.last_img read more

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